She won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998 and has since blazed a multifaceted career across the globe.
And now Dana International will bring it all home, opening the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv.
She’ll open the show with a two song medley including “Tel Aviv” and a special rendition of her 1998 winner “Diva”.
“Tel Aviv” was originally performed by Omer Adam and Arisa. Adam himself ruled out an appearance at Eurovision since it would involve working during the Shabbat.
Israeli media reports it will be a new version of the song. The new version will have an “oriental” feel and feature a performance with dozens of dancers.
Details for what may be this year’s parade of flags segment have also been released.
Each country’s act will arrive by plane and meet Dana International on a special platform.
Not content with kicking things off, Dana will also appear later in the show.
She’ll share the screen in a sketch with UK Eurovision commentator Graham Norton. It is a year of anniversaries for both acts. It is twenty years since Dana brought the contest back to Israel and ten years since Norton began commentating on the contest for the BBC.
International will also feature during the semi-finals.
Addressing the news, Israeli Eurovision broadcaster KAN said:
“We are happy about the great interest in the Eurovision Song Contest in general and the performances in particular. The audience in the venue and the TV viewers will get to watch a show that has not yet been seen before in Israel. We recommend to be patient until the first semi-final on May 14.”
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